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  3. Gift Shop/Visitor Center
  4. Historical Tours
  5. Interpretive Programs
  6. Meeting Rooms

About American Labor Museum/Botto House

The Museum advances public understanding of the history of work, workers and the labor movement throughout the world, with special attention to immigrants.  It is housed in the Botto House National Landmark, the 1908 home of immigrant silk mill workers.  The home became a meeting place for more than 24,000 workers during the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913.  Upton Sinclair, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and other champions of labor spoke from the 2nd floor balcony calling for decent working conditions, an end to child labor, and an eight-hour day.  This action and others like it brought about reforms in the workplace broadly enjoyed by Americans today.  The Museum offers changing exhibits, guided tours of the Botto House period rooms and Old World Gardens, a Museum Store, educational and cultural events, distance learning classes, Museum-in-a-Suitcase portable exhibits, and a free lending library. 

Exhibits

"Original Artwork" by Alphonso Dunn & Students
September 4 - December 31

The Museum proudly opens the exhibit Original Artwork by Alphonso Dunn and students on Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at 1PM.

The Original Artwork exhibit is a unique display that showcases the visual art projects that resulted from a special art and labor studies program for adults held at the Museum through the Spring of 2016.  The purpose of the program is to celebrate the history and contemporary issues of working people and immigrants through the visual arts.  Registered students had the opportunity to enjoy art classes held at this beautiful Victorian home, discuss labor history and tap their creative spirits.  The classes,which were  open to the general public, were conducted by talented New Jersey artist and teacher Alphonso Dunn.  This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey Council on  the Arts.

The Original Artwork exhibit, which features pencil and ink drawings and multi-media visual art projects that address labor issues,will be on view through December 31, 2016.

"Through the Lens of Liberty" by Durga Tree International
September 4 - December 31

The Museum proudly opens the exhibit Through the Lens of Liberty:  Healing in Freedom, Blooming through Expression by Durga Tree International on Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at 1PM.

Through the Lens of Liberty is an exhibit of artwork by survivors of modern slavery.  The survivors' artwork was created in therapy programs in Guatemala that are supported by Durga Tree International.

Durga Tree International is a collaborative nonprofit that supports grassroots organizations that work directly with human trafficking and forced labor victims, many of whom are children.  Durga Tree International's mission is to work to end modern slavery through education and economic empowerment.

The general public is cordially invited to the exhibit reception on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 3-7PM.  The reception features presentations by art therapist Luis Alberto Toress and photographers Samantha Alleva and Harrison Parette, who led a workshop for modern slavery survivors in March 2016.  Click for the invitation.

Through the Lens of Liberty is on view through December 31, 2016.

For further information about the exhibit and exhibit reception, please contact the Museum by calling (973) 595-7953 or email labormuseum@aol.com

For further information about Durga Tree International visit www.DurgaTreeInternational.org